China tests 'live ammunition' on coast near Taiwan

The Chinese military said it conducted “live-fire exercises” near Pingtan island, off Fujian province and some 80 miles west of Taiwan, on Saturday, July 30, according to Xinhua news agency.

Footage posted to Weibo by the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command was described as showing the weekend exercise. “The Fujian Provincial Military Region organized a militia air defence unit to fire live ammunition in a sea area in southern Fujian to comprehensively test the overall combat capability under complex conditions,” the post on Weibo said.

The video was posted on August 2, amid reports US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was due to visit Taipei.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters there would be “strong and resolute measures” in response to any trip. Lijian said China’s military “won’t sit by idly” if Beijing felt its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” was being threatened.

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